DCLI Course Catalog


Each course will have 18 hrs of lecture time plus any course work during the week. (exceptions for online courses)

I. The Life and Spirituality of Jesus

Sundays, 5:30pm-8:30pm | August 18 - September 22

Week 1
The Nature of World-view: Four Fundamental Questions
Jesus’ World-View

Week 2
Jesus’ view of God: The Eternal Father  
Jesus’ view of man: The Children of God

Week 3
The Good News of the Kingdom of God
Life, Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ

Week 4
Jesus’ teaching and the Old Testament 
Can we know Christ today?

Week 5
Being Christ’s disciple: a look at the Sermon on the Mount
Jesus and Spiritual Practices 

Week 6 
Following Jesus in ordinary life
Christ and Pluralism

II. The Life of the Spirit

Sundays, 5:30pm-8:30pm | September 29 - November 3

Week 1
Who is the Holy Spirit 
Knowing and Doing God’s Will 
Seven Realities of Experiencing God 

Week 2 
Fruit of the Spirit: Spirit brings God’s Character 
How to identify and grow in the Spirit 

Week 3 
Gifts of the Spirit: Spirit brings God’s Power

Week 4 
Practices in Discernment 
Primacy of Love 

Week 5 
God’s Perspective (part 1)

Week 6
God’s Perspective (Part 2)

III. How to Read your Bible for all its Worth

Mondays, 6:00pm-9:00pm | September 30 - November 4

Week 1
Introduction: The Need to Interpret
The Basic Tool: A Good Translation

Week 2 
The Epistles: Learning to Think Contextually
The Epistles: The Hermeneutical Questions

Week 3
The Old Testament Narratives: Their Proper Use
Acts: The Question of Historical Precedent

Week 4 
The Gospels: One Story, Many Dimensions
The Parables: Do You Get the Point?

Week 5
The Law(s): Covenant Stipulations for Israel
The Prophets: Enforcing the Covenant in Israel

Week 6
The Psalms: Israel’s Prayers and Ours
Wisdom: Then and Now
Revelation: Images of Judgment and Hope

IV. Leadership Fundamentals 3D

Sundays, 5:30pm-8:30pm | November 10 - December 15

3D Leadership with Lawrence Neisent

WEEK 1: Developing strategic action born from true identity. What you do should never be born from an opportunistic mindset, which is so prevalent in our culture. Opportunities are distractions if they’re not assignments. What you do should always flow from who you are.

WEEK 2: Understanding the framework of moving from faithful to fruitful. The church of our day tends to be reduced to an audience but God is moving us from audience to army. We will look at the progression of the Law of the Trinity as revealed in the 3D layout to Discover, Develop and Deploy ideas more effectively as we understand some ways to invite God’s perspective into our lives on a deeper level. Bring explanation of schedule overcommitted and under-connected causes us to undervalue priorities.


Developing an actionable plan by evaluating a question progression that each person will work on. The work to which God has called you to accomplish will require an informed perspective of execution if you are to truly cooperate with God’s plans.

WEEK 4: Understanding the timeline with projections of what should be taking place by when. Understanding how to evaluate progress and realign more precise goals with a more informed perspective every step of the way. Every mistake becomes a coach making you more effective when you walk this out correctly.

WEEK 5: Deploying strategic dreams with motivation is one thing. Understanding the process of continued momentum to bring greater maturity to the dream produces a long-term strategy that will outlast the dreamer. Assessing the magnitude and capacity of the vision and the dream.

WEEK 6: Celebrating six weeks of progress to be inspired by beginnings that have been launched over these five weeks. We will focus on capturing healthy momentum and developing strong rhythms to ensure a strong environment in which dreams can thrive and begin to multiply. The Law of Multiplication is a multigenerational plan. The miracle is in the tree but the blessing is in the seed. Now go and apply what you have learned and multiply all God has entrusted to your care.

V. Christ and Culture

Sundays, 5:30pm-8:30pm | January 5 - February 9

Week 1
Intro: The nature and power of Culture 
Epistemology: the nature of truth and knowledge 

Week 2 
The nature of World-views
Does Jesus bring knowledge? 

Week 3 
Can faith ever be knowledge?
How we perish for lack of knowledge 

Week 4 
Comparative Religions
Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, 
Sub-Categories: Mormonism and Jehovah’s Witness 

Week 5 
Secular World-views: Humanism, Modernism, Post-modernism 
The Nature and Effects of the Enlightenment and Evolution

Week 6 
Can we know God exists?
Knowledge of Christ in the Spiritual Life 
Can we trust spiritual knowledge?


VI. Personal Discovery and Development

Sundays, 5:30pm-8:30pm | February 16 - March 29

Week 1 
Understanding who I am: 
The Six aspects of the self
The condition of the self away from God 
The condition of the self with God 

Week 2
Renovating the Heart: How people grow 
VIM model: Learning to cooperate with grace

Week 3 
Personal Discovery: Clifton Strengths Assessment
Enneagram assessment

Week 4
Personal Development: Healthy relational skills 
How to Bond: practices in vulnerability 
How to take responsibility of yourself: boundaries 

Week 5 
Dealing with the negatives in others and self
How to have a Healthy Confrontation 
What to do when confrontation doesn't work 

Week 6 
Primacy of Love 
Practices of wholeness: forgiveness, confession, prayer

VII. The Making of a Leader

Sundays, 5:30pm-8:30pm | April 5 - May 10

Week 1 
Intro into the Making of a leader 
Leadership Development Theory 
The Five Phases of Development and the “timeline”

Week 2 
Foundational Lessons: Inner-Life Growth Processes
Integrity checks, Obedience checks, and Word checks 

Week 3
Ministry Maturing Processes: 3 challenges (Prayer, Faith, Influence)
Guidance and Other Multi-Phase Processes: Divine contacts, Mentors, 

Week 4 
The Deepening Lessons: Life Maturing Processes: Ministry Flows Out of Being
Integrating the Lessons of Life: Toward a Ministry Philosophy

Week 5 
Accepting the Lessons of Life: The Leadership Challenge

Week 6
Finish and present Formation Timeline 
Discussion, reflection, and encouragement

Intro into Christian Theology (online only)

Week 1
Class Introduction
Defining Theology

Week 2
Categories of Theology
Post-modern Epistemology

Week 3
Christian Epistemology
Defining Essentials and Non-Essentials

Week 4 
Traditions in Christian Theology
Sources of Theology

Week 5
Identify different Streams
Conversations and Reflections

Week 6
Does God Still Speak Today?
Unity & Diversity

National Institute of Christian Leadership

(12 credit hr for all four sessions)

All online except for those in Executive Leadership Track 

includes 3D Leadership Fundamentals & The Making of a Leader.

60 hrs of Lectures 

Session 1 – Change Dynamics

In this session, Dr. Rutland expounds on Leadership vs. Management. He shares how leadership is about doing the right thing, and management is all about doing things right. While he addresses how to balance leadership with management to maximize your team’s potential, you’ll learn valuable principles to steer your organization toward growth.

  1. Management vs. Leadership:

    1. Learning Outcomes:

      1. Identify different leadership types with positive and negative characteristics for each

      2. Differentiate between management and leadership and evaluate the importance of both within an organization.

      3. Analyze the organizational tensions in a leadership assignment.

  1. Making the turn:

    1. Learning Outcomes:

      1. Define and evaluate the six ancient Hebrew leadership words.

      2. Identify and contrast the ten distinct functions of a leader.

      3. Understand the mission/function vertical axis and the importance of alignment to an organization.

  1. At the point of Goals

    1. Learning Outcomes:

      1. Understand the definition of quality and its relationship to excellence.

      2. Explain the process of turning short-term wins into long-term victories within an organization.

      3. Identify factors that hinder change in an organization and analyze their impact on corporate culture.

  1. Overcoming Leadership Downfalls

    1. Learning Outcomes:

      1. Identify indicators of subversive mindsets within an organization.

      2. Contrast the negative of too much stress with not enough stress on the leadership of the organization.

      3. Understand and evaluate he importance of managing one’s stress as a leader.


Session 2 – Strategic Growth

As you identify your key leaders’ personality types, you can ensure that you have the right balance in your organization in order to take it to the next level. Learn how to recruit, manage and keep volunteers to help your organization grow.

  1. Organizational Alignment:

    1. Learning Outcomes: 

      1. Explain the concept of alignment relative to the three “M’s” (Message, Medium & Market).

      2. Define the “Chaos-Control Continuum.”

      3. Contrast the keys to customer experience between a business and a church.

  1. Selecting the Staff for Success:

    1. Learning Outcomes:

      1. Identify and evaluate the four categories of potential employees.

      2. Understand and apply the keys to effective interviewing.

      3. Contrast and diagnose the three leadership models.

  1. The Value of Volunteers:

    1. Learning Outcomes:

      1. Identify and contrast the four levels of volunteers.

      2. Understand what volunteers really wants.

      3. Identify and apply the ten commandments of volunteer leadership.

  1. Communication

    1. Learning Outcomes:

      1. Explain the major causes of breakdowns in communication.

      2. Understand and apply the five keys to dialogue.

      3. Identify and contrast the nine keys to thinking, speaking and writing.

Session 3 – Transformation Management

In this session, you will learn how to develop and solidify your brand and communicate it to your market with excellence. You will also learn principles of team dynamics, board relations and debt management.

  1. Branding:

    1. Learning Outcomes:

      1. Identify the differences between brand, logo and tagline.

      2. Understand the strategic value of internal branding.

      3. Evaluate the positives and negatives associated with franchising.

  1. Team Dynamics:

    1. Learning Outcomes:

      1. Identify and evaluate the ten stages of disloyalty.

      2. Analyze the composition of the risk/reward quadrilateral.

      3. Evaluate the team decision making process.

  1. The Issue of Debt:

    1. Learning Outcomes:

      1. Understand the concept of opportunity cost.

      2. Analyze the two economic philosophies of debt.

      3. Identify and apply the debt management rule of thumb in an organization.


Session 4 – Communication and Worship

In this session, you will learn effective principles of communication in congregational worship and interaction explore the historical and cultural significance of the interaction between sacred and secular music and how to utilize the medium to convey a message to your church. You will also learn creative and efficient methods of sermon planning, construction and execution.

  1. Worship in History:

    1. Learning Outcomes: 

      1. Analyze the connections between sacred and secular music throughout history.

      2. Identify and analyze the seven categories of risk relating to worship.

      3. Understand and evaluate the purposes of worship.

  1. Preaching:

    1. Learning Outcomes:

      1. Define and apply the 5 variables of style in preaching.

      2. Understand and analyze the principles of sermon construction.

      3. Evaluate the importance of time management on sermon preparation.